We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.
For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Connecticut, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Weston.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Constitution State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 89 cities in Connecticut with a population of more than 7,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live, check out:
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017) in Connecticut.Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
For example, there were a total of 15 crimes committed in Weston which had a reported population of 10,425. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0014 which translates into a 1 in 695 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 7,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 89 of the biggest cities in Connecticut to rank.
We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 89 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Connecticut".
The safest city, based on our criteria, is Weston. The most dangerous city in Connecticut? New Haven, where residents had a 1 in 19 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 143 (1st safest)
More on Weston:
Taking the crown as the safest city in Connecticut for 2018 is Weston -- a classic example of everything that makes Connecticut great.
We are talking about only having a 1 in 695.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 5,000 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's crazy safe. Compare it to St. Louis, MO -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 5 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 376 (4th safest)
More on Wilton:
If you're thinking of moving to Connecticut and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Wilton -- the 2nd safest in the Constitution State.
Wilton is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.
You only had a 1 in 265.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Wilton.
You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Ridgefield ranks as the 3rd safest city in Connecticut.
Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Ridgefield.
We'll wait here safe and sound.
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 13)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 295 (3rd safest)
More on Newtown:
This gem of a place in the Constitution State boasts the 3rd best property crime rate and 11th best violent crime rate for 2018.
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 5 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 455 (8th safest)
More on Madison:
Finishing just inside the top five is Madison, CT.
You get what you pay for in Madison -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 18,212 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Madison residents a well earned feeling of safety.
We'd move to Madison in a heartbeat.
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 412 (7th safest)
More on Monroe:
Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Monroe, the 6th safest city in Connecticut.
The town of some 19898 people will have to try and continue to keep Monroe a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.
See what we did there Monroe?
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 10 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 407 (6th safest)
More on Redding:
Redding is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Connecticut.
It has 1 in 245.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 9,317 chance of being the victim of violent crime.
That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Connecticut.
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 5 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 709 (15th safest)
More on Avon:
The eighth safest city in Connecticut for 2018 goes to Avon. Let's see why.
There were only 1 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 131 property crimes to boot.
If you're looking for a safe place to live in Connecticut, may we present Bethel as an option.
While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Connecticut, it still has an impressively low crime rate.
162 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 18th best in Connecticut on a rate basis.
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 13 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 522 (9th safest)
More on Easton:
And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Easton.
But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Easton residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.
In total, there were 1 violent crimes and 40 property crimes in Easton; that's really good for a place of 7649 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.
Looking at the data, you can tell that Weston is as safe as they come, according to science and data.
But as most Connecticut residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.
Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Connecticut according to the data:
|City||Rank||Previous Rank||Population||Violent Crimes Per 100k||Property Crimes Per 100k|
|New Canaan, CT||11||11||20,509||14||638|
|Old Saybrook, CT||18||43||10,145||9||1,153|
|East Hampton, CT||19||18||12,839||31||833|
|North Branford, CT||26||26||14,234||42||878|
|South Windsor, CT||29||35||25,803||15||1,375|
|Rocky Hill, CT||33||32||20,085||44||1,438|
|New Milford, CT||39||38||27,111||106||1,003|
|Windsor Locks, CT||43||37||12,543||95||1,530|
|Groton Town, CT||47||54||29,910||127||1,588|
|East Windsor, CT||53||80||11,443||139||1,721|
|West Hartford, CT||58||65||62,979||63||2,523|
|North Haven, CT||62||49||23,777||92||2,447|
|East Haven, CT||68||59||28,879||110||2,275|
|West Haven, CT||74||55||54,800||246||1,901|
|East Hartford, CT||84||79||50,733||289||2,586|
|New Britain, CT||85||88||72,720||297||2,916|
|New London, CT||86||85||27,092||712||2,742|
|New Haven, CT||89||-||130,425||934||4,210|
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